Carl Cranke was one of my off-road heroes and someone, albeit totally different from Malcolm Smith’s clean cut imagery who made racing the ISDT glamorous. Cranke rode in 10 ISDT events carding 7 golds and 2 silvers. This is a shot from an acceleration test on his big bore Penton. T-shirt clad, Hallman desert leathers and Hi Point boots highlighted his ensemble.



Following the Glen Helen National there have been a glug of photo galleries. Here’s mine (along with some from my little brother- (although he mainly shot women in various states of very lean attire). We  shot without a vest (meaning no preferential treatment) and had to sneak in-between spectators and search for some good points to compose our photos. The track was brutal, the air-time was spectacular and the racing really showcased who was fit, who liked pain and who was mentally tough.

Cooper Webb is hunting down Alix Martin in moto one. He’d eventually take him down, though Alex won the overall with a 2-2 score. Cooper’s ability to deal with a broken Navicular bone in his wrist is pretty amazing.


J-Mart was charging only to throw it away in the brutal, SX-oriented rhythm section. Austin Forkner barely scuds by.


Husky’s Zach Osborne tried to deal with the brutal Glen Helen ruts and ‘no rhyme no reason’ zones. He carded a mediocre 8-8 score for the day.


Pro Circuit’s Austin Forkner is the real deal! He played with the big boys up front and gapped his racing partner Joey Savatgy for a 3-5 and fourth overall. Davey Coombs takes in the action.


Adam Cianciarulo hasn’t shown the brilliance expected from his amateur resume. He failed to break into the top 10 at Glen Helen going 11-14 in his motos.


The TLD KTM team has not come out of the gates very strong. Justin Hill is recovering from injuries and other than Jesse Nelson, they haven’t been throwing any sand in the faces of the Blu Crew.


The Geico boys had a miserable day which was highlighted by Christian Craig mating with his teammate Jordan Smith, in practice. Craig broke his Tib/Fib and is out for a while.


One of the Fabulous Martin Bros, Jeremy carded a 4-1 for second overall. In a grand moment in motocross history, the guy who beat him was…
His teammate, and his brother- Alex Martin [2-2]. It was his big brothers first National win and made for one of the special moments in motocross- two brothers on the podium of a National!!
Webb was impressive with his relentless pursuit of teammate A-Mart in moto 1. He filled out the Star Yamaha podium with a third overall.


Moto one 450 start. Check out Baggett, who got taken out in the next turn and started dead last in 40th. The Yosh Suzuki guys seem to have a black cloud zip-tied to their trousers.


Canard, Dungey and Barcia lead up the first hill at Glen Helen. Barcia would have issues, Trey would toss it away will leading and Dungey would eventually get hunted down by 94, only to sneak in a win when Roczen’s bike had an air fork failure.


Tomac and Seely battled in moto one, #3 getting 3rd, #14 5th. Seely went backwards in moto two.


James Stewart returned to action!…NOT quite. He rode practice, his shoulder got sloppy as the session went on and he called it quits failing to get into the program- again.


Honda’s Trey Canard rode strong, had little issues again that held him back but finished 7-4 for 5th overall.


Blake Baggett wasn’t slated to race for several weeks following collar bone surgery. He showed up, gutted out a strong performance in moto one and then packed it in with arms that couldn’t hold on.


Jason Anderson is hugely fast, fairly reckless and appears to be ‘close’ to hanging with the front runners.


Marvin Musquin was a non-player at GH. He struggled with staying smooth and never had the speed to hang with either Roczen or Dung.


Roczen is the fastest man on circuit- BY FAR! He should have gone 1-1 at GH with mediocre starts mated to dominate surges through the pack to take over the lead.


Ryan Dungey got roped and yanked from behind by RCH Suzuki rider Ken Roczen. Roczen seemed to make up time by staying lower and flatter on many of the jumps.


Last year Eli Tomac was the fastest man on the earth. This year he is strong, but has nothing for #94 or #1.


Dungey said that his telemetry download showed that he hit this 150 foot jump at 70 MPH!!!


Roczen had an air fork blow out late in moto one while leading. The word we hear is that it wasn’t a KYB issue, but rather a bolt on sensor that his team mounted up. He ended up 4th in moto 1.


Dungey was shocked that he won the first moto, looking behind at the finish wondering what happen to #94.


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KLIM’S COWTAG EVENT [June 25]: Support Trails and WIN a New Beta!


One lucky person will win a brand new BETA 300RR Race Edition this summer buy supporting trail access with a donation to the Blue Ribbon Coalition. The winner will be selected via live drawing at KLIM’s second-annual Cow Tag off-road ride held in Idaho on June 25th. The winner need not be present to win and the nationwide drawing is open to all who want to support trail advocacy.

Here’s how it works. Each opportunity for the 300RR Race Edition drawing is a $10 donation to the Blue Ribbon Coalition. Two donations ($20) earn you a basic BRC membership. Three donations ($30) and above earn you a premium individual membership! You may DONATE as many TIMES as you’d like. BRC accepts all major payment cards (processed through PayPal).

You can donate for your chance at the BETA 300RR Race Edition at the KLIM Cow Tag off-road event or on the Web here:

If you can make it to Idaho for the Cow Tag Event, you’re in for a real treat. A one-day event held in KLIM’s backyard proving grounds of the Big Hole Mountain trail system; the Cow Tag combines strategy and a fun riding experience with great prizes. Guided by maps and GPS tracks, riders will search for valuable Cow Tags along the course. Individual riders will be challenged to collect as many or the most challenging (depending on your strategy) Cow Tags as possible for valuable raffle tickets. Those tickets can be turned in for chances to win some amazing prizes.

The event will kick off on Friday evening with an Open House at KLIM’s headquarters in nearby Rigby. Riders will pick up their welcome packet and get the opportunity to tour the newly remodeled facility. Riders not able to make it on Friday can check-in the next morning from 7:30 to 8:30 am at Kelly Canyon Ski Resort, breakfast will be also be provided. The ride will begin at 9:00 am.

The event is limited to 250 riders and spots are filling up quickly, to enter visit

The Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC) is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. A copy of BRC’s current financial statement is available on our website. Questions? Call 208-237-1008 ext 0.



We shot these pics of Kyle prior to the Vegas EnduroCross almost a decade ago. He’s playing on a box stock Yamaha YZ250F and was doing tricks at his facility that was in two words’ monumentally unacceptable!





Bobby ‘Bondo’ Bonds was coming back to racing following a miserable stint on Honda CRF450 Valli backed team.  Kawasaki mounted, he’d lost a ton of weight, was a training nut case and was oh so fast. A side trip to the San Diego Supercross and a big flip ended his goal to win the WORCS series again. This is at Piru’s motocross track.




With the Mammoth Mountain Motocross right around the corner I dug up this pic of yours truly at the Jon Miller tree turn in 1993. KX500 mounted, I fought off cement arms following good starts and ended up doing ok for a So Cal timekeeper.

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